Academic journal article Science Scope

Sleuthing with Science

Academic journal article Science Scope

Sleuthing with Science

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Middle school science teachers are an exceptional lot: often a bit wacky, but always enthusiastic, and dedicated to doing whatever it takes to keep our students curious about science and engaged in its study. Many middle level science teachers have developed creative and exciting curriculum units and supplements to "hook" their students. Topping the list are problem solving and let's-find-out activities such as forensic units and mysteries, which were standard fare for middle level classrooms long before shows like MythBusters and CSI became popular.

"Whodunit" problem solving activities can use inquiry skills such as: observing, inferring, measuring, collecting and analyzing data, and establishing and supporting conclusions. Well-designed problem-solving activities also require students to conduct content-based lab tests and apply class content to arrive at solutions to teacher-posed problems. These units can help students develop critical-thinking and reasoning skills, and also demonstrate the value of evidence in determining and supporting answers. Forensic investigations and mysteries also incorporate the social nature of middle school students and engender a sense of community among them by channeling their collective energy. …

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